A HC-One Care Home has enabled a Resident to live with her beloved cat of 13 years after fears they may be separated.
Damon Culbert from Wild Science, provider of animal therapy in care homes across the UK, talks about the difference between short visits from animals and dedicated Animal Assisted Therapy.
Animals in care homes are a growing phenomenon attempting to improve the wellbeing of the elderly in long-term care. Many residential care providers have sung the praises of therapy dogs, cats, horses and even lizards in their ability to animate residents and stimulate social interaction. But what are the recorded benefits of animal therapy and should every care home invite animals in?
Not every encounter that seniors have with animals will qualify as animal therapy. Animal Assisted Therapy is defined as targeted therapy interventions which make use of an animal to achieve set goals. Examples in care homes might include having a resident walk a dog regularly in order to improve or maintain mobility functions long-term or games between animals and residents to encourage social interaction between residents experiencing heightened feelings of loneliness.
Family and friends celebrated the 101st birthday of former church volunteer and school pianist Florence Chettle.
Her birthday was marked with a party at Barnfield Care Home, in Chesterfield, where she has lived since March 2018.
Florence was joined by three generations of her family for the day, when she was presented with two specially made cakes, cards and gifts.
She has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren who live in Canada, America and Australia, as well as the UK.
Alongside a card from the Queen, members of Florence’s family unable to attend the care home party sent celebratory cards and greetings from around the world.
Florence was born in Nottingham on 15th April 1918.
A BAKE sale has raised almost ten times the original estimate for Thornhill Care Home residents in Huddersfield.
Activities coordinator at Thornhill Care Home, Laura Lumb had hoped to raise enough to buy an Amazon Echo Dot, which sell for £49.99.
THE COAST came to a care home resident after a successful appeal for a seaside birthday party – despite being 70 miles inland.
Staff at Aden Lodge Care Home, in Clayton West, near Huddersfield, wanted to fulfill resident Edward “Eddie” Case’s 85th birthday wish.
As he is unable to travel to the coast, an appeal was issued to help throw a seaside themed party at the home.
AN EMBROIDERY exhibition was held at Mandale House Care Home – showcasing work from a resident with over 80 years’ experience with a needle.
The event took place at Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough, where 89-year-old resident Mavis Thomas displayed her artwork.
ELDERLY care home residents, Aaron Court Care Home, have been corresponding with popular Second World War singer Dame Vera Lynn ahead of her 102ndbirthday.
The Forces’ Sweetheart, as Dame Lynn is widely known, responded to an email from the staff and residents at Aaron Court Care Home, in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
They wrote to her about how much they love her music, after spending an evening listening to classic tracks, including “We'll Meet Again”, “The White Cliffs of Dover”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There'll Always Be an England”.
An east Devon Domiciliary Care provider is delighted to have received an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating, following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
Gardens are an appealing feature of any care home – not only can they brighten up the view from inside but, once the sun is shining, they provide a sensory-rich environment for residents. And, for those who are able, a spot of gardening really refreshes mind and body. It's important to tend to any garden regularly, otherwise they can become problematic. This is suggested by figures obtained by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, as in 2007 it was recorded that there were 115,000 garden falls, slips, and trips. As a garden is such a communal space, the older generation should not feel as though they can’t use it. This guide will advise on keeping your care home garden accessible.
Rob Cottingham, credit director at consumer finance specialist, Duologi, discusses the pressure on the NHS and how this can be alleviated via accessible private healthcare.
Despite efforts to alleviate the issue of NHS staff shortages and rising patient admissions which put the health services under increasing strain, it appears impossible to meet the growing demand for treatment in the UK.
In particular, this is hindering the handling of non-urgent care. From hip and knee replacements to IVF, many patients looking to undergo ‘non-essential’ surgeries are waiting up to two years for treatment and – in some cases – procedures are cancelled altogether. Despite not being critical, these operations are often vital for quality of life.
Twiddlemuffs and dolls have been donated to a North Yorkshire care home to help residents with dementia.
Volunteers from two separate groups knitted and donated the therapeutic items to Sycamore Hall Care Home, in Ripon.
The Ripon Cathedral group of the Mothers’ Union Diocese of Leeds dropped off around a dozen handmade twiddlemuffs at the home.
While the volunteer group Comfort Dolls and Twiddles for People With Dementia made a separate donation of twiddlemuffs and several comfort dolls.
WALKERS are aiming to conquer a double marathon in less than 24 hours to raise funds for a sensory garden at a Cheshire care home.
More than half a dozen volunteers will tackle the 49-mile route – which is only three miles short of a double marathon – to raise £1,000 for Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, in Widnes.
Brian Freeston, husband to the home’s activities coordinator Laura, has organised the walk from Widnes to his hometown of Rhyl, on the Welsh coast.
He has been backed by DW Sports Fitness, on Cross Street, Widnes, who have offered one-hour a week of free personal training to anyone who takes part.
RANDOM Act of Kindness Day saw care home staff and residents donating a trove of supplies for Teesside’s newborns.
Nappies, beanie hats, mittens, blankets, sleepsuits, nappy sacks and baby wipes were among the items collected at The Beeches Care Home, Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, following an appeal.
Staff, family members and residents were among those who donated.
The items were wrapped into gift parcels for new mums and their babies on the neonatal unit at University Hospital of North Tees.
JOSEPH’S technicolour dressing gowns were knitted by Hazelgrove Court care home residents in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.
Residents at Hazelgrove Court Care Home, on Randolph Street, created the gowns for elderly people to keep warm this winter in their own homes.
They were taking part in a Knit for Peace UK initiative, which encourages knitters to produce items for those in need.
The care home residents chose to make dressing gowns by knitting six by six inch squares and then attaching them together to create the finished piece.